Saturday, November 28, 2015

Foothills Brewing Jade IPA

Beer Name: Jade IPA
Brewery: Foothills Brewing (Winston-Salem, NC)
ABV: 7.4%
How sold: 22 oz bottles
Where bought: Bruisin' Ales (Asheville, NC)****
Price: $7.50 for 22 oz bottle

****Bought this beer through their online store. Bruisin' Ales ships to Oregon, but no longer ships to Washington.

Date Purchased: September 8, 2015 (did not receive until October 10 due to shipping snafu)
Date Opened/Drank: October 20, 2015
When brewed? Year-round beer.
IBUs: 86

Where distributed: Currently, Foothills Brewing ships to limited, select states. Find Foothills Brewing beers near you!

What's on the Bottle/Website: "Jade. Exotic jewel of the orient. Now a gem of an IPA. Bold, citrusy Pacific Jade hops lend tropical fruit notes and a hint of peppery finish to this easy-drinking IPA. Dry hop additions of Citra and Chinook hops add heady aroma and bold flavor. A special beer to charm the hop lover in you. Go ahead. Get Jaded." Read more online!


Appearance (5%): Poured a clear golden color. Maybe a millimeter of frothy white head. Left minimal lacing on the glass 4.5/5

Smell (25%): Predominantly a tropical blend of passion fruit, grapefruit, and orange. Also peppery pine notes. 4.25/5

Taste (40%): Ideal balance of malt, tropical, pine, and peppery (non-spicy) flavors. Aftertaste reflects citrus-bitter and pine, yet lingers very smoothly. No alcohol detected. Delicious beer. 4.5/5

Mouthfeel (10%): Medium body, extremely drinkable, some carbonation. 4.25/5

Overall (20%): An outstanding IPA. I intentionally saved this one for last as the main event and it certainly lived up to expectations. Awesome label and I liked the theme they were going for. Considering it is 7.4%, I loved how drinkable and flavorful it was. Reasonably priced at $7.50. Reviewers on RateBeer and BeerAdvocate agree and rave about this one. Among the beers to get if you're an IPA lover. 4.5/5

Final Weighted Rating: 4.413/5

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